Wow what a piece! The 2nd Class Iron Cross was awarded for an act of bravery in the face of the enemy, or actions that were clearly above and beyond the call of duty. It is a multi-piece, die struck construction that has been soldered together. The single piece core is constructed out of an iron metal base that has been black enamel painted. The two piece frame is constructed out of a nickel silver base that has been silver washed and polished. A final protectant lacquer was applied over the entire award. The obverse features; a pattée style cross that has a centrally placed embossed mobile swastika and “1939” to the lower arm, which is all on a black base and surrounded by a silvered ribbed/beaded row and a flat outlying border. The reverse features that same black base with a raised “1813” to the lower arm and has that same ribbed and flat outlying boarder. To the top is a half round extension which allows for a larger base to hold the soldered on loop and maker marked ring which reads: “100” (Rudolf Wachtler & Lange, Mittweida). The paint is in superb condition and the border beautifully shines in the light! The cross measures approximately 1 ¾ inches wide and tall. The award comes housed in an LDO marked case. The case is constructed out of a pressed cardboard base that is covered in a simulated, grained black leather. The interior top lid features a black rectangular/oval bordered “LDO” mark. The bottom interior of the case is made of a tan felt material and outlines the cross. The case is in wonderful condition! A prized piece!
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